Astellas invests $10M in Cytori; Geron plots $87M stock sale; StemCells gets green light for PhaseI/II

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> Geron says it plans to raise $87 million in a stock sale. Report

> Astellas Pharma will invest $10 million in Cytori as it evaluates the biotech's stem cell technology. Shares of Cytori surged on news of the deal. Story

> Swiss officials have signed off on StemCells Phase I/II trial of purified human neural stem cells for chronic spinal damage. StemCells release

> Immunomedics, a biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development of monoclonal antibody-based products for the targeted treatment of cancer, autoimmune and other serious diseases, today reported that epratuzumab, the company's humanized anti-CD22 antibody, conjugated with SN-38, the active component of irinotecan, produced significant anti-tumor responses in a mouse model of human lymphoma. Immunomedics release

And Finally... Researchers say that the DRD4 gene, already linked to alcohol use and gambling, could also play a role in spurring a propensity for brief sexual liaisons. Story

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